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(The New York Times)   Larisa Latynina offered to present Michael Phelps with the gold medal that surpassed her all-time record, but was told that only pinhead bureaucrats can do that   (nytimes.com) divider line 26
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2012-08-01 12:35:16 AM
More stellar decision-making by the IOC.
 
2012-08-01 12:39:48 AM

Triumph: More stellar decision-making by the IOC.


if it doesn't make $ for the IOC, they don't care.
 
2012-08-01 03:55:54 AM
They wore matching blue shirts with RUSSIA across the front and white slacks, laughing when told that she still appeared fit enough to compete.

Probably thinking, "Why wouldn't I be?"

"Oh ya. You westerners are all fat."
 
2012-08-01 07:45:54 AM

dj_bigbird: Triumph: More stellar decision-making by the IOC.

if it doesn't make $ for the IOC, they don't care.


It would have though. It would have been awesomely good PR.
 
2012-08-01 09:40:11 AM
Whats the rule that doesn't allow it? How is there no special circumstance clause? It might be on page 2 and all, but that page is like so annoying to click.
 
2012-08-01 09:46:12 AM
That is one classy lady.
 
2012-08-01 09:50:43 AM

Petit_Merdeux: They wore matching blue shirts with RUSSIA across the front and white slacks, laughing when told that she still appeared fit enough to compete.

Probably thinking, "Why wouldn't I be?"

"Oh ya. You westerners are all fat."


Know how I know you've never seen older Russian women?
 
2012-08-01 09:58:24 AM
That would have been one heck of a PR moment to have her put that medal on Phelps. Even having her down there next to the podium to shake his hand would have been a grand gesture.
For an organization that loves ceremony so much this would have been an obvious choice of something to glorify.
 
2012-08-01 10:04:48 AM
FUIOC?
 
2012-08-01 10:25:12 AM

Slives: That would have been one heck of a PR moment to have her put that medal on Phelps. Even having her down there next to the podium to shake his hand would have been a grand gesture.
For an organization that loves ceremony so much this would have been an obvious choice of something to glorify.


That's what I was thinking - at least she could have been an accessory to the ceremony.
 
2012-08-01 10:31:06 AM
The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.
 
2012-08-01 10:34:27 AM
Maybe they can still do a little something at the Closing Ceremony.
 
2012-08-01 10:43:24 AM

NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.


Yep. It's why I find myself not giving a single fark about the olympics this time around. Maybe someday somebody will organize an event centered around something more than financial gain, but I'll probably be waiting for a long, long time.
 
2012-08-01 10:51:48 AM

NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.


Whoa now, did you just talk about sporting corruption without mentioning the FIA? Not a (real) racing fan?

/agree with you about the NCAA and FIFA tho
 
2012-08-01 10:51:52 AM
What kind of lame rule would it break. Would the sky fall and fire burn everything if she presented the medal to him. What a joke. I hope they will at least get a picture together.
 
2012-08-01 10:52:08 AM

howdyyall9999: That is one classy lady.


This
 
2012-08-01 11:16:05 AM

groppet: What kind of lame rule would it break. Would the sky fall and fire burn everything if she presented the medal to him. What a joke. I hope they will at least get a picture together.


If the head of the IOC had a ball to his name he'd say, "I'm suspending that rule" or, "I name you honorary head of an olympic committee for one hour" or "this will never happen again so fark it, let's do it". Or something. Hiding behind a 'rule' is chickenshiat when there's not a human being on earth who would complain about it. Fact is if they honestly wanted her to do it... she'd have been allowed to do it.
 
2012-08-01 11:40:54 AM

grinding_journalist: NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.

Whoa now, did you just talk about sporting corruption without mentioning the FIA? Not a (real) racing fan?

/agree with you about the NCAA and FIFA tho


Seriously, Formula One is the only challenger to FIFA as the most corrupt and incompetent organization.
 
2012-08-01 12:06:51 PM

bhcompy: grinding_journalist: NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.

Whoa now, did you just talk about sporting corruption without mentioning the FIA? Not a (real) racing fan?

/agree with you about the NCAA and FIFA tho

Seriously, Formula One is the only challenger to FIFA as the most corrupt and incompetent organization.


Yeah, NCAA is plenty competent at being corrupt so I'm not sure its comparable.
 
2012-08-01 12:09:28 PM

thecpt: bhcompy: grinding_journalist: NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.

Whoa now, did you just talk about sporting corruption without mentioning the FIA? Not a (real) racing fan?

/agree with you about the NCAA and FIFA tho

Seriously, Formula One is the only challenger to FIFA as the most corrupt and incompetent organization.

Yeah, NCAA is plenty competent at being corrupt so I'm not sure its comparable.


NCAA is amateur sports. They have plenty of problems with corruption, but it's an entirely different animal
 
2012-08-01 12:17:40 PM

bhcompy: grinding_journalist: NutznGum: The IOC is a farce. The only sports organizations that comes even remotely close to their level of corruption are FIFA and the NCAA.

Whoa now, did you just talk about sporting corruption without mentioning the FIA? Not a (real) racing fan?

/agree with you about the NCAA and FIFA tho

Seriously, Formula One is the only challenger to FIFA as the most corrupt and incompetent organization.


Know how I know you don't follow boxing
 
2012-08-01 12:28:11 PM

JRaynor: Know how I know you don't follow boxing


There's no doubt in my mind that boxing is corrupt, and probably fixed for gambling purposes, but the scale of pro boxing is much, much smaller than it was, even compared to 25 or so years ago. (See also: the rise of MMA/the like)

FIFA, FIA, and the NCAA are in charge of sporting events that garner extreme coverage and are only increasing in scope and popularity, and they're in charge of many many more high profile and large scale events. (I can't remember the last time I heard anything about boxing that wasn't on ESPN, and that includes all the Mayweather/Pacquiao stuff) As such, I'd argue that given the greater opportunities for illegal or shady activity for those organizations means that they're "more" corrupt.

With that logic, though, I'd have to say the IOC is the most corrupt though; there's the greatest amount of money at play and at stake.
 
2012-08-01 12:49:42 PM
That would have been one of the all-time classiest moments in Olympic history.

I thought good sportsmanship was a cornerstone of these games. :-(
 
2012-08-01 12:52:27 PM
I bet NBC nixed it, since their commentators may not have known who she is and it would have required them to do actual farking research and earn their paychecks.
 
2012-08-01 12:52:39 PM

JRaynor: Know how I know you don't follow boxing


Yea, but who do you blame? There is no unified boxing authority. You could blame the state athletic commissions for hiring bad and/or compromised judges, but that's a state to state issue. You could blame the sanctioning bodies like the WBC, but there are a million of them. You could blame the promoters that put together fights with a predetermined condition, but there are a million of them, as well. Boxing as a whole is corrupt, but there is no one organization that you can blame for that, or blame for not fixing it.
 
2012-08-01 02:50:54 PM
Huge moment lost.

I mean honestly, how much more of a no farking brainer should that have been?
 
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